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Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

1. Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pick-up from Chiang Mai city center. Take the 1-hour ride to the countryside of Mae Tang district. Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for the fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior and how to provide proper care for them. Then, you will get to prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterwards. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior. You can also enjoy the beautiful scenery as well. After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower and then enjoy a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch, which is suitable for vegetarians. After lunch, you will take the 1-hour journey back to the city and will be transferred back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

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Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour

2. Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey into the mountains of northern Thailand to visit the ethical Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary (approximately 1-hour drive from the city center). Upon arrival, learn about the elephant conservation program and benefit from an introductory talk and the chance to interact with the rescued animals. Get the chance to give them a hug and discover how to prepare a healthy meal to feed them. Go for a walk around the sanctuary with the elephants and stop to give them a mud bath to keep their body temperature down and protect them from parasites. Feed them before enjoying a homemade lunch at a restaurant inside the sanctuary.

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Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Care Experience for Couples

3. Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Care Experience for Couples

Start the adventure with pickup from your hotel and travel to the nature park to meet the elephants. Listen to your guide share information about the Elephant Retirement Park and the story of the rescued elephants that live here. After that, prepare some healthy treats and a meal to take up to the mountain where the fun begins. Get up close and personal with the elephants as you feed them a selection of fresh fruits and sugar canes. Enjoy this exclusive romantic experience with your partner and admire these incredible mammals in their natural habitat. After you’ve fed the elephants, it’s time for your lunch too. Enjoy a sumptuous traditional Thai lunch, that you can learn to make yourself in the kitchen. After lunch, learn how to bathe the elephants and scrub them with mud to protect their skin from sunburn and insects. Marvel at the elephants as they play around in the mud and make a splash, this is a truly unique and immensely fulfilling experience that will be remembered forever. At the end of the experience, wash off the mud at the onsite shower, where towels and soap are provided. Then enjoy some free time to relax with a cold beverage and admire the beautiful scenery of mountainous Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

4. Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

Begin your private experience with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai at 8:00AM. From there, take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, Walk to the main base camp to get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Hear about Asian elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterwards, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Following that, your tour continues with elephant bathing in the river before you say farewell to your new friends and set off on the next part of your tour. Following the sanctuary, take some your time out of day to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch. Savor local dishes accompanied by rice, and finish off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruit. After lunch, continue to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. Whilst there, enjoy some walking and climbing from down below the falls to all the way up to the very top. As the waterfall is constructed from natural lime stone, you can walk and climb easily to the top, enjoying the clear water to cool down. As your tour concludes, depart from the waterfall to return back to Chiang Mai at approximately 5:00PM.

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Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

5. Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

Begin your private experience with a pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city and take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, Walk to the main base camp, located up the hill, get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Learn about Asian Elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Continue with elephant bathing in the river and say a farewell to your new, big friends as you set off on the next part of your tour. Take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Tha lunch, eating dishes with rice and finishing off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruits. Then, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the temple that is situated on the top of a mountain. You can reach the top by walking up or using the elevator. At the very top, there is a golden chedi and terrace adorned with small shrines, breadfruit trees, rock gardens and, an Emerald Buddha statue. From the mountain top you will be treated to breathtaking views of the lush greenery below.

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Chiang Mai: Segway and Eco Canopy Zip-Line Adventure

6. Chiang Mai: Segway and Eco Canopy Zip-Line Adventure

This 9-hour program begins at 09:45 across from Ta Phae Gate in central Chiang Mai. Enjoy a 2-hour Segway tour of the ancient city’s historical sites including Wat Pra Singh, 3 Kings Monument, Wat Chedi Luang and more. A snack and drink are included. Following the 2-hour Segway tour, you board a luxury, air-conditioned van for the drive to Mae Kampong, about an hour from Chiang Mai, for a zip-line adventure like none other on the planet! Soar through the lush, ancient rainforest on Southeast Asia’s number 1 zip-line eco-adventure, Flight of the Gibbon. Experience beauty, magic and adventure deep inside one of Thailand's most pristine rainforests, and hopefully see wild gibbons during the journey. On this unforgettable day, you’ll soar through the jungle enjoying the same spectacular views as the gibbons. In the treetops on a mountain outside of Chiang Mai, you'll glide through the jungle canopy on 5 km of zip-line wires in the jungle eco-system. The course features 33 different platform stations, 3 hanging sky bridges and 2 rappel descents. The longest zip-line in Asia spans over 800 meters. The zip lines conform to International safety standards and the safety record during 9 years of operation speaks for itself. There are 2 experienced and qualified Sky Ranger guides for every 9 flyers. A detailed safety briefing is provided. Education about wildlife and vegetation is provided along the journey. The commitment to responsible eco-tourism ensures that part of your money goes to conserving the spectacular rainforest. While this is certainly an adrenaline-pumping experience, it’s also a family-friendly activity that almost anybody can enjoy. You don’t need a high degree of physical fitness, just a positive attitude. After the zip-line tour, which lasts around 2.5-3 hours, an authentic Thai meal is served before you return you to your hotel. The entire adventure takes approximately 6-7 hours with all transportation and activities included, so please plan accordingly.

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Elephant Retirement Park Volunteering and Homestay Program

7. Elephant Retirement Park Volunteering and Homestay Program

Volunteering at the Elephant Retirement Park Chiang Mai provides an opportunity to engage with elephants and can be a life-changing experience. Feed and bathe the elephants regularly and learn about their care. Choose from two to seven-day program options. On day one, you’ll get an introduction to the park and the elephants. Enjoy a traditional Thai buffet at lunch, followed by a mud spa and shower with the elephants. On day two, take a trek with the elephants (riding is not permitted). Marvel at beautiful scenery along the way to a waterfall, where lunch will be served.

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Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary Guided Tour in Spanish

8. Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary Guided Tour in Spanish

Visit an Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai accompanied by a Spanish-speaking guide and spend a day learning about these gentle giants, playing and bathing with them. Afterward, enjoy a delicious lunch and a visit to a colorful orchid garden.  Meet your guide at your hotel lobby and drive for 45 minutes to the Elephant sanctuary. Upon arrival, out on your caretaker clothes and then get an introduction about the sanctuary and the elephants that live here.  Prepare breakfast for these magnificent animals and then get a chance to feed them up close. You will get opportunities to interact and play with them in a natural environment as the guide explains their behavior and history.  Enjoy a short walk with the elephants next to the river before lunchtime. Feast on traditional food like Pad Thai, Chinese rolls, and local fruit then prepare to leave the sanctuary. As Thailand is the pioneer country in the cultivation of orchids, you will stop in an orchid garden where you can see different types of orchids and learn about their cultivation.  The return journey back to Chiang Maitakes approximately 45 minutes and you will arrive at your hotel around 2:00 PM.

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Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

9. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

8:30 AM: Pick up from your Chiang Mai accommodation and transfer to our cycling starting point, South of Chiang Mai. 9:15 AM: Get ready to start pedaling the rural countryside roads. After a brief review from your leader, set off and enjoy panoramic views of rice fields and encounters with local village life. You will be cycling about 12 or more miles, with plenty of stops to enjoy your surroundings. 12 PM: Finish the ride and relax with a delicious homemade lunch. 1 PM: Short cycling, or vehicle transfer to the river bank where we can start our paddling adventure. After a short briefing, we board the two-person sit-on-top kayaks and paddle our way down the river. Along the river, we might encounter fishermen and see birds sometimes dropping from the sky to catch fish. Approximate paddling is 3.5 miles and should take approximately an hour and a half. 3:30 PM: End the paddling and meet the vehicle. Make a brief stop at the house for a change and enjoy a tea, before transferring to your accommodation in Chiang Mai.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 715 reviews

Bit of a misscommunication for the pickup, but apart of that a smooth adventure. Activities as advertised: feed the elephants, give them a mud bath and pool with them. The activity ended with a fresh shower and lunch. Great experience, particularly "naughty" elephant Ping!

This is an incredible place of hard work for the elephants, and extreme caring. You will get to know them, love on them, feed them, and learn about them. Life changing.

Wonderful trip to see the elephants. It touched me deeply to have seen the animals so close to us.

An incredible past experience with a passionate, kind and funny team.

Amazing experience with very well cared elephants.